Country Kitchen (in the city) healthy delicious meal inspiration for everyone

Country Kitchen (in the city)
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tips: work lunch salad dressing
tips: work lunch salad dressing

I’m always finding a way to incorporate last night’s leftovers into a tasty next day work salad. Here, I added a drumstick and asparagus to leafy greens and veggies for a hearty lunch treat. Top it off with a country mustard vinaigrette, for a well rounded balanced lunch. For an easy make-and-take salad dressing, instead [...]

stir it up, steak stir fry
stir it up, steak stir fry

The most time consuming part of making a stir fry is the prep – chop chop chopping the veggies! I always start a stir fry by putting on the rice cooker. Typically, I would have used brown rice, but I was also cooking for the dog this evening and he can only tolerate white, so [...]

chicken milanese with arugula
chicken milanese with arugula

Fresh, light, delicious and fast. Take thinly sliced chicken cutlets, dredged them in whole wheat breadcrumbs (no need to dip in eggs first) and placed them in a hot pan drizzled with olive oil. Depending on the thickness of the cutlet, cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Serve over a bed of baby [...]

bowl of spaghetti squash
bowl of spaghetti squash

This meal is straight out of my childhood. My mother was very find of a healthy-eating lifestyle and after I got out of my SpaghettiO’s and mac&cheese phase, I quickly picked up on her style of low-fat, low-sodium, heavy on the fruits and veggies eating habits. But there was NO WAY I was going to [...]

leftovers: asparagus chicken salad
leftovers: asparagus chicken salad

Last night’s leftovers becomes a rockin’ work lunch!! Nothing easier than slicing up a few leftovers, tossing them with some arugula or baby mixed greens, adding a few fresh veggies and rushing off to work… So what was for dinner? Sesame Lemon Chicken with Asparagus . And what’s for lunch? A crisp salad with leftover [...]

work lunch: community salad!
work lunch: community salad!

My love of food is no secret here at work… with salad-envy spiking the charts. Every time I prepare a salad for lunch, I make sure to bring in enough to feed (at least) three hungry mouths. Lately, lunchtime salads have become a team effort. Yesterday, my boss whipped out a package of spinach, some [...]

harissa (turkey) burger
harissa (turkey) burger

This Moroccan inspired turkey burger is lean, yet still packs a flavor-punch with the secret saute tucked into the patty mixture. For the patties: -1lb ground turkey (or chicken) -1 medium red onion -1 cup mushrooms -3 cloves garlic, peeled -1/2 tsp cumin seed -1/2 tsp allspice In a blender or food processor, mince together [...]

veggie taco platter
veggie taco platter

This healthy and colorful Make It Yourself Veggie Taco Platter takes as long to cook as it does to cut (which is not really all that long).  I served it with a side of antioxidant-packed Black Bean Soup. You will need: -one sliced green pepper -one medium onion (half julienned for the tacos, half chopped [...]

black bean soup
black bean soup

This Black Bean soup, although hearty enough to be a meal in itself, was actually a side dish to my forthcoming veggie taco platter post! Ingredients (pictured above): – 1 1/2 cups of black beans – 1/2 chopped green pepper – 1 small yellow onion, chopped – 2 cloves chopped garlic – 1 teaspoon chili [...]

red white and green green green pasta
red white and green green green pasta

I had a lovely weekend of hanging with friends, relaxing and cooking. After a quick breakfast and a day full of running around, Sunday’s mid-day meal was an light, fresh and early dinner – spinach fettuccine with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, roasted grape tomatoes and arugula. Here’s a rundown of how it came together: For ingredients: [...]

green-power dandelion soup
green-power dandelion soup

Being a one woman household either means sharing meals with good company, or eating the same ingredients (in different ways) for a few days in a row. The Mediterranean Chicken with Dandelion Greens Pastina I made the other day, became the Pastina and Asparagus work lunch (shown below), AND this healthy nutritious soup. Remember when [...]

work lunch: honey ham with smoked gouda
work lunch: honey ham with smoked gouda

Here’s a sandwich I whipped up this morning to bring to work for lunch:  Two slices of organic peasant rye bread, toasted with country mustard, honey ham, smoked Gouda, sliced radish, and mixed arugula salad greens. On the side..hearts of palm, grape tomatoes, olives and a Bosc pear. Eating well doesn’t always have to be [...]

roasted beet, carrot, and tomato soup
roasted beet, carrot, and tomato soup

I whipped up this jazzberry colored soup with ingredients I had in the house: -3 large beets -2 vine tomatoes -one carrot -one medium yellow onion -cumin (seeds and ground) -celery seeds -lemon thyme -vegetable base I started by roasting the beets. I cut off the tops of the beets, washed them, and them wrapped [...]

kitchen rescue: sick day soup
kitchen rescue: sick day soup

The only thing I want when I’m sick is soup. I make a huge pot and eat it until I’m well; breakfast, lunch, dinner: soup! Being under the weather makes it tough to procure ingredients, so sometimes you have to use whatever is in the house. Luckily, working with what I’ve got is an innate [...]

spinach sun salad
spinach sun salad

Simple delicious organic salad of spinach, sun sprouts, heirloom tomato, radish and carrot. Basically, whatever greens and veggies I had in the house that day!! For dressing, there was a little mustard left in the jar so I used it as a shaker and added balsamic, lemon infused oil, and dash sesame oil to the [...]

chinese snake bean stir fry
chinese snake bean stir fry

What’s for dinner? Chinese long bean stir fry with Enokitake mushrooms, water chestnuts and brown short grain rice. Pictured above is a photographic gathering of ingredients: Chinese snake beans cut into 3 inch pieces (substitute with string beans if you can’t procure this ingredient locally), Enokitake mushrooms, water chestnuts (not pictured), chopped garlic, chopped ginger, [...]

whole wheat naan veggie pizza
whole wheat naan veggie pizza

This yummy pizza can be quick and easy or a little more labor intensive, depending on #1. if you have sauce on hand and #2. how you want to veg it up. Being from an Italian-esque family, I always keep a little extra homemade marinara in the house, either in the refrigerator (if it was [...]

dinner becomes breakfast (or lunch)
dinner becomes breakfast (or lunch)

Growing up with Hawaiian/Japanese neighbors you learn a bit about rice. For one, buy a rice cooker.. it’ll become your favorite kitchen aid!! Also, if you’re planning on consuming it the next day, it’s not necessary to refrigerate leftover rice until morning, simply leave it covered on the counter top. But what to do with [...]

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